Microsoft Office programs, such as Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, have been using a navigational ribbon in lieu of a menu since Office 2007. This provides you with visible buttons instead of the drop-down menus that had been standard prior to then. Regardless of one’s preference towards one way or the other, it is how Microsoft wants you to navigate their products.
But it is possible to hide the navigational ribbon in Outlook 2013, which can make it difficult to locate the items that you need to use the program. Whether this was done accidentally or intentionally, you may find that you want to change your settings so that the ribbon is displayed all the time. Fortunately this is possible using just a few quick steps.
Show the Navigational Ribbon in Outlook 2013
Even when the ribbon is hidden, you can still access the buttons on the menus by clicking one of the tabs at the top of the window, then clicking the tab again to hide them. But this tutorial will show you how to adjust your settings so that the ribbon is always displayed at the top of the window.
Step 1: Open Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Click one of the tabs at the top of the window to expand the ribbon.
Step 3: Right-click in an empty space at the right side of the ribbon, then click the Collapse the Ribbon option to clear the checkmark and configure Outlook 2013 so that your ribbon is always displayed.
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